IV. WORDS RELATING TO THE INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES; FORMATION OF IDEAS

II. PRECURSORY CONDITIONS AND OPERATIONS

Experiment.

[Nouns] experiment; essay (attempt) [more]; analysis (investigation) [more]; trial, tentative method, tatonnement.

verification, probation, experimentum crucis, proof, criterion, diagnostic, test, crucial test.

crucible, reagent, check, touchstone, pix; assay, ordeal; ring; curcuma paper, turmeric paper.

empiricism, rule of thumb.

feeler; pilot balloon, messenger balloon; pilot engine; scout; straw to show the wind.

speculation, random shot, leap in the dark.

analyzer, analyst; adventurer; experimenter, experimentist, experimentalist.

[Verbs] experiment; essay (endeavor) [more]; try, assay; make an experiment, make a trial of; give a trial to; put on trial, subject to trial; experiment upon; rehearse; put to the test, bring to the test, submit to the test, submit to the proof; prove, verify, test, touch, practice upon, try one's strength.

grope; feel one's way, grope for one's way; fumble, tatonner, aller a tatons, put out a feeler, throw out a feeler; send up a pilot balloon; see how the land lies, see how the wind blows; consult the barometer; feel the pulse; fish for, bob for; cast for, beat about for; angle, trawl, cast one's net, beat the bushes.

try one's fortune (adventure) [more]; explore (inquire) [more].

[Adjectives] experimental, empirical.

probative, probatory, probationary, provisional; analytic, docimastic; tentative.

[Adverbs] under probation, on one's trial.

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